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Old 03-07-2011, 06:41 PM   #1
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It seems that most folks that are into guns also get into knives at some point.

I have some knives that are very good quality and some that are basically throw-aways.

What do you have? Have you made your own? We have some knife makers here, maybe they'll teach us some stuff.

Personally, I get confused by all the types of steel. It seems that there's a zillion types. I know about the Rockwell Scale, but not a whole lot more.

So, let's talk knives for a while and see what we can learn.

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Old 03-07-2011, 08:26 PM   #2
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I have the ESEE, and a couple of old machete's... one of 'em is US issue, but the grips are gone. I wrapped it with para-cord.

I built a few knives out of 01 tool steel, before I retired, but they were crude. I'd like to have the tools to try it again, but that's not likely.

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I just bought a kershaw. I'll try to get some pics up later.

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Uninfluenced by these recent knife threads, I was looking for a new fixed blade for a daily carry. I'm tired of reaching into my pocket, just to have my folder in the way. I was going to start a new one, but maybe I could hijack this one for a little bit.

Does anyone carry a fixed blade daily? If so, what? Is there a certain maximum/minimum size I should be looking at?

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I have made a few knives by stock removal method out of ATS 34. Paid to have them professionally heat treated. I would like to post some pics but am too technologically maladroit. I have also stuck handles on a few blades, same problem with pics. First bought blade I handled probably was the nicest of those I ever did, sold it for $50. Have kicked myself more than once. Re-handled a few Rapalla filet knives, carry one very often, gave the rest away. I've also bought a few knives, most of which are nicer than the ones I've made.

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Dnthmn, in my current job I carry a lot of other crap on my belt so have no room for a sheath knife, therefor stuck with a folder. When not at work I habitually carry a fixed blade of 3- 3 1/2 inches with a handle about the same size. This makes for a compact package, not much bigger than a folding knife in belt sheath, so doesn't alarm the citizenry, but much more useful. Most often my re-stocked and re-shaped Rapalla filet knife, but sometimes my fossil bone handled ATS 34 hand made maiden voyage.

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Does anyone carry a fixed blade daily? If so, what? Is there a certain maximum/minimum size I should be looking at?
Not allowed to carry a fixed blade here in Los Angeles, but can have any size folder. I find a folder with a clip holds the knife to the side of my pocket where it is not in the way, and gives quick access when needed. I have a Cold Steel Recon that is my at work carry. I have had it since before the FTF resentment with CS. I also have a very nice Gerber that was a FTF secret Santa gift two Xmas's ago. And I have a cheepie stiletto style assisted opener. It is very thin and more of my black tie knife for when I am in a suit. Last Xmas a vendor gave me a small assisted open Kershaw that I use as a money clip.
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Knives a plenty at Chez Rock. I've been addicted to them since I was 5. I know FTF had some personality conflict with Cold Steel, but I've yet to find a better factory fixed blade knife.

I would love be as skilled as Pandamonium in the knife making arena, and as skilled as Freefall with the English language (major kudos for possibly the first ever use of the word "maladroit" on a gun forum!!), but have replaced a fair amount of handles on knives over the years.

Most high quality knives will take a tremendous amount of abuse and bounce back. The trick is finding one that will also take, and hold, a great edge.

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I have both factory knives, ones that I have made from pre-cut blanks and a few from bar stock. I am slowly working on getting together a few tools to be able to make them from stock so I don't have to borrow friends shops. There are alot of choices out there as far as types of steels. I really like CPM 154 and D2 steels for making them from bar stock.

Here are a few that I have done from pre made blanks.

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I have one or two.

Let me warm up the camera....

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